Press Release: Spring 2020 Concert Cancelled

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Published on: March 16, 2020

Press release: Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra

Spring Concert cancelled at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on-Severn

For immediate release March 2020





The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra has taken the difficult decision to cancel its Spring Concert devoted to Gloucestershire composers because of imminent Government advice for the elderly to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.

The concert was planned for Saturday (March 21) at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on-Severn – a favourite venue for the orchestra for their Spring event.

The programme was to have featured Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, and his Symphony No 2 ‘The London’, as well as First World War poet Ivor Gurney’s A Gloucestershire Rhapsody.

A spokesman for the orchestra said: “We are very disappointed not to be able to perform this glorious Gloucestershire programme because of the coronavirus outbreak but certainly hope to put on another concert later this summer.”

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is known as one of the friendliest orchestras in the county and meets during term time at Newnham St Peter’s CofE Primary School on Thursday evenings. For more details visit their website at

Spring 2020 Concert

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Published on: February 12, 2020

Children’s Christmas Concert

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Published on: November 25, 2019

Date:  Saturday December 7th 2019   

Start Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: Coleford Baptist Church


  • Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf
  • Zimmer: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
  • Hadley-Sharp: SnowChildren’s Christmas Concert 2019


Conductor:  Stefano Boccacci

Leader:       Ros Taunton

Soloist:       Jemma Hadley-Sharp and Megan Jackson

Tickets:  Adults £8/concessions £6. Free entry to those still at school.

Programmes: £1

Retiring Collection: Newnham St Peter’s CofE Primary School

Refreshments: Will be available

Megan Jackson – Percussionist

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Published on: November 25, 2019
Megan Jackson

Megan Jackson is a fourth year percussionist currently completing her final year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the guidance of Patrick King, Owen Gunnell and Henry Baldwin. Since a young age, she has had a keen interest in music, picking up her first pair of sticks at the age of eight. She was heavily involved in County Music throughout her teenage years, gaining experience on tours abroad to Europe, including France and Italy. This was furthered by tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, attending a tour to Germany at the age of fifteen. Megan also performs with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Brecknock Sinfonia, Orchestra Cymru and the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra.
Megan is a firm believer in the value of participation in music. Throughout her experience working within musical education thus far, she has come to acknowledge and understand the large impact and benefits it can have on people of all ages and abilities. She has had the opportunity to work at the educational sports coaching camp – World Sports Ministries – as a team leader, as well as lead and deliver a multitude of percussion workshops all over South Wales.

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Important Dates
  • Saturday October 23, 2021, 2.30pm: Autumn Concert at St Pauls Church, Parkend
  • December 2021: Christmas 2021 Concert (details TBC)
  • Saturday April 2, 2022: Spring 2022 Concert, Newnham Church (details TBC)
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